In this quick guide you will learn three things: how to format text using Markdown, where to find quality images, and what formatting tricks to avoid.
1. How to format text using Markdown
Whaleshares is very advanced in comparison with many other social media in allowing users to use Markdown, a simple tool to do common formatting such as headers, lists, links, and emphasis. Below are the most important formatting tricks to make your text look beautiful.
Use link titles, not only urls
Urls pasted directly to text look ugly. Using Markdown allows create more readable links.
To get this: My link
Use headers (and not ALL CAPS or bold)
Instead of using CAPS or bold for headers, try this markup:
To get this header size: My header 1
# My header 1
To get this header size: My header 2
## My header 2
To get this header size: My header 3
### My header 3
To get this header size: My header 4
#### My header 4
To get this header size: My header 5
##### My header 5
Use lists instead of paragraphs where applicable
Formatting lists is very natural in Markdown.
- If you use numbers,
- they are formatted automatically.
- To create an unordered list, use either
- or dashes.
Use dividers (sparingly :)
Simply use three dashes
--- to get a divider like this:
How to center text or images
If you need to center a piece of text or an image, this is impossible with Markdown, but there’s a good news — Whaleshares supports some simple html tags and you’ll need exactly one of them.
To get this:
The same works for centering images.
Don’t overuse it however, or you’ll soon end up with all the post content centered, which isn’t good for readability.
How to use emphasis
Using emphasis selectively makes text more readable.
To get this: your text to make bold
**your text to make bold**
To get this: your text to make italic
*your text to make italic*
2. Quality images matter and finding them isn’t difficult
Images attract our attention first, greatly influencing the first decision a reader makes on your post: to read or not to read?
Select carefully the first image in your post — it’s is used as a thumbnail, so be sure it looks good in small size — easily recognizable, not too low in contrast, without complex details.
Where to get free high quality images? Just a few options of many:
You can use a free editor like Canva to combine images with text or create them from basic elements.
3. Some formatting practices to avoid
The problem with overemphasizing is that it lowers the overall quality of communication. When everyone shouts, it’s equally hard to be heard for everyone and we’re entering the spiral leading to total noise.
Avoid using any form of emphasizing on large chunks of text such as:
italic italic italic italic italic italic italic italic italic italic italic italic italic italic italic italic italic
bold bold bold bold bold bold bold bold bold bold bold bold bold bold bold bold bold bold
And probably the most abused one:
AND ALSO ALL CAPS BOLD!
AND FINALLY, HEADER USED FOR A PARAGRAPH TEXT!!!
That’s all for now.
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